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Super Rugby matches in Fiji to go ahead

July 13, 2017 4:33 am

The motion to stop hosting super rugby match in the country was defeated in parliament today.

Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka raised his motion to the government that the allocation budget of $3 million dollars to host the Chiefs and the Crusaders match in the country can be better utilised in exposing our local players overseas.

“We would rather have the Flying Fijians playing the Crusaders or playing the Chiefs rather than Crusaders and Chiefs come and display their skills here. Our boys need exposure, need to play frequently with top teams to prepare them for 2019.”

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya says hosting international tournament in the country brings more tourists which benefits our economy.

“The Fijian people like the fact that we have the super 15 game. It is not taken anywhere around the world too much and if we get chosen as the destination as a home game for the Chiefs we should be proud of it and so far giving the money to the fifteen players. Our Fijian rugby players are Warriors. Sometimes they don’t need to be pampered to get where they are today.”

The motion was defeated with 13 Nos, 12 Is and 8 not voted.